"Visions of Faith in Marilynne Robinson" ALA 2018

deadline for submissions: 
January 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Marilynne Robinson Society, American Literature Association
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This panel seeks to examine the writings of Marilynne Robinson, one of the most important contemporary American writers.  Robinson has written widely-acclaimed novels and essays that explore the relationship between religion and contemporary culture.  This panel considers the ways in which Robinson’s religious vision informs her writing.  How has Robinson contributed to discussions of faith in our contemporary moment, both through her fiction and essays?  How is her investigation of this topic especially relevant to the growing field of post-secular studies?  How is her Pulitzer novel, Gilead, a meditation on race and religion in American culture?  In what ways do we see the influence of theologians such as John Calvin and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in her fiction?  How does Robinson address suffering and theodicy in her writing?  How does she lead us to reflect on the theology of place through her fiction?  Robinson’s novels and essays also focus on historical memory, examining the relationship between the past and present.  How does Robinson’s theological vision inform her engagement with history?  What are the pressures of contemporary moment that lead her to return to the past, and how does her retrieval of history help us understand her visions of faith?  These are some of the questions that the panel seeks to address.

Please send proposals to Haein Park (haein.park@biola.edu) by January 30th, 2018.